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Investigators identify remains found off Highway 1 in Morro Bay

Investigators identify remains found off Highway 1 in Morro Bay
Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 21:58:42-04

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has identified the man whose remains were found near Highway 1 and Morro Bay Blvd. in Morro Bay over the summer.

On June 20, a Caltrans crew reportedly discovered a human skull while performing landscaping work along the southbound side of the highway and alerted authorities. Investigators discovered additional remains during a search of the area.

Sheriff's officials say the case was submitted to the California Department of Justice Lab for DNA profiling and results identified the remains as those of Gregory Paul Schweickert, 70.

The sheriff's office says Schweickert was a transient with a last known address in the Tucson, Arizona area. His remains were found near a homeless encampment, but officials say it's unknown if he was associated with the camp.

Investigators say his cause of death is undetermined but there was no evidence of traumatic injury or significant disease.

Sheriff's officials say the last known contact Schweickert had with anyone was with the Morro Bay Police Department in 2016. Therefore, they say it's possible his remains were in that area for up to three years.

Schweickert's next of kin have reportedly been notified.